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Island officer says recognizing telecommunicators is important

A Vancouver Island RCMP officer says recognizing those who take 911 calls is extremely important. This week is National Public Safety Telecommunications week, a week dedicated to recognizing the telecommunicators who answer emergency calls across the country. Constable Maury Tyre says they are amazing human beings. “They are dealing with some of...

Robot cars banned from BC roadways starting this month

Fully self-driving cars are now banned in BC, but there weren’t any for sale yet, anyway. Changes to the Motor Vehicle Act took effect this month, banning all vehicles with self-driving capabilities at level three or above. That would affect cars that can drive themselves without human input, and there...

UPDATE: Second earthquake off Port Alice late Wednesday night

Another earthquake was recorded late last night in deep waters west of Port Alice, but again, no tsunami is expected. According to the US Geological Survey, the 4.9 magnitude earthquake happened shortly after 11 pm last night in roughly the same place as the 4.8 magnitude quake earlier in the...

‘High Ground Hikes’ helping people prepare during tsunami awareness week

If you want to be better prepared for a tsunami in your community, take a hike this week. As part of Tsunami Preparedness Week, communities from Port Hardy to Victoria are hosting ‘high ground hikes’ to help people get familiar with where they should go in the event of a...

City council needs to act on name change: citizens’ group

A spokesman for a Powell River citizens' group says city council needs to make a decision on the name change issue sooner than later. Robin Murray with Concerned Citizens of Powell River presented results of a survey they conducted showing nearly 93 per cent of respondents don't want the city's...

Less travel for Island cancer patients, after Nanaimo hospital upgrade complete

A new cancer centre in Nanaimo means Central and North Island patients won’t have to travel as far for consultations and treatments. Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) will start construction next year on a new BC Cancer Centre. "We are excited to bring a new BC Cancer centre to Nanaimo,” says...
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